Development of the US1 Term Paper

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Gaurav M. Singh Development of the US I 114006240 Term Paper Three’s Company – Franklin, Douglass, and Singh The moving and inspirational narratives of Benjamin Franklin and Frederick Douglass are composed of series of life events in which they encounter hardships and setbacks. The adversity both men faced played integral roles in shaping their lives and propelling them into prominent figures in American history. Douglass' personal account dramatizes his quest to escape enslavement and to shape an identity for himself outside the caste and constraints of slavery. His autobiography also focuses on his individual development as an enslaved man who eventually gains freedom. On the other hand, Franklin demonstrates that anyone in this world can earn prosperity, economic security, and community respect through hard work and honest dealings with others. Both Benjamin Franklin and Frederick Douglass portray their rise from poverty and adversity to become renowned figures in American society. By reading these autobiographies and reflecting on my personal life experiences, I have learned that I share many similarities with these great Americans. Both Franklin and Douglass were self-taught and became successful later in their lives. This dedication was a major source of Franklin’s success and is a trait that was indispensible in his life. Many consider Franklin to be one of the greatest American minds and a proud pillar of our national heritage. He represented and characterized the “American dream”. Born to a candle maker, few people would have surmised that Franklin would master so many disciplines. His inspirational story proves that with determination and dedication, success is possible and attainable in any environment. A leading American statesman, inventor, philanthropist, publisher, revolutionary, and thinker, Benjamin Franklin was truly the Enlightened American. Douglass, like Franklin, was also a very determined man. When Douglass was a slave, he was initially taught to read by his owner’s wife, Mrs. Auld. But when her husband found out,
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he forbade it, and stopped her teaching him. Despite this setback, Douglass had a revelation when he overheard Mr. Auld explain to his wife that an educated slave is dangerous to the social structure. Douglass stated, "I now understood what had been to me a most perplexing difficulty - to wit, the white man's power to enslave the black man. ... From that moment, I understood the pathway from slavery to freedom"( Douglass 78). Based on his explanation, Douglass knew that to achieve the results Mr. Auld spoke of, he would have to teach himself to read. From that moment on, Douglass was determined to be literate so that he could better his chances of escaping the burdens of slavery. He studied at every opportunity he had and learned from the white playmates he met on the street. Douglass carried bread with him to give to the poor and hungry in exchange for their help in learning how to read. He also learned by to write by
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course HISTORY 104 taught by Professor Reed during the Fall '11 term at Rutgers.

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